September 2021 E-News

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Money Talks | Mithridatic Wars and Bronze Coinage in the Roman Province of Asia
On Saturday, October 16 at 1 PM Eastern Time, Assistant Curator of Roman Coins Lucia Carbone will explore the progressive standardization of various civic bronze denominational systems in Provincia Asia. Her thesis is that these complex processes were jump-started over the course of the Mithridatic Wars and came to completion during the 40s BCE, during the seminal years of the Second Triumvirate. More…

The 2021 Annual Meeting
The 164th Annual Meeting will take place on Saturday, October 23 at the New York City headquarters of the Society and will be livestreamed. Join us for presentations on the past year, the election of new Trustees, and a special unveiling of new donor plaques. In-person attendees should RSVP by Wednesday, 10/20, with the membership desk by phone or emailMore…

Save the Date!
On Thursday, January 13, 2022, the ANS will honor ANS Vice President and Adjunct Curator David Hendin with the Trustees’ Award at the Annual Gala Dinner. You can support the Gala by purchasing individual tickets, sponsoring the event, or advertising in the Gala program. More…

Upcoming October Long Tables
ANS Chief Curator Peter van Alfen will host a Q&A with Joseph Menna, Chief Engraver for the US Mint. ANS Fellow Richard Beleson will host a Long Table in honor of David Hendin, speaking on the coinage of the Bar Kochba revolt, focusing on overstrikes and their Roman under types. Head of the Numismatic Department at the Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique and university professor François de Callataÿ will give us a tour of the numismatic collection at the Royal Museum of Belgium. Large cent specialist Chuck Heck will host a discussion on collecting U.S. large cents. And last, but not least, Visiting Research Scholar Nathan Elkins will be live from the ANS sharing coins depicting Roman architecture and speaking on their importance.

September in Review

COAC 2021
The Coinage of the Americas Conference 2021: The Victor D. Brenner Sesquicentennial took place on September 17-18. Sponsored in association with the Resolute Americana Collection and the Stack Family, the first COAC since 2009—and our first-ever hybrid conference—was a great success! Speakers reviewed the life, work, and legacy of sculptor Victor David Brenner for the 150th anniversary of his birth. Recordings will be available on the ANS YouTube channel soon.

Money Talks | Observing Coins to Learn about Greek Coin Production
Dr. Caroline Carrier (École normale supérieure de Lyon), Jérémy Artru (Orléans University) and Dr. Thomas Faucher (Centre d'Études Alexandrines) presented their ongoing project on Greek coins with observable traces, including overstrikes, brockages, and cracked flans. Their work attempts to assess which process created these traces and what they reveal about coin production. Watch now on the ANS YouTube channel.

Gilles Bransbourg speaks on plagues and economics
Executive Director Gilles Bransbourg delivered a lecture “Taxation and the Invisible Plague” during the conference The First Pandemic: Transformative Disaster or Footnote in History? which was held in Hanover, Germany on September 22-24.

Assistant Curator of Roman Coins Lucia Carbone gave a talk on September 23 entitled “Re-counting history from coins: the Roman Republican Die Project” for NUMISMA, an initiative of the ACANS (Australian Center for Ancient Numismatics). She also discussed the recent developments of this project and presented some case studies that illustrate its academic potential.

Ethan Gruber speaks on
Director of Data Science Ethan Gruber presented " Building the Numismatic Knowledge Graph" virtually to the 9th joint meeting of the European Coin Find Network and, a hybrid conference hosted at the Viminacium archaeological park in Serbia.

Recent Library Acquisitions
The ANS Library successfully bid on a number of items at Kolbe and Fanning’s recent sale of the Mark & Lottie Salton Numismatic Library, including six 18th-century German coin auction catalogs. Sales records from the mid-1700s are rare and several of these are lengthy, making them excellent candidates for further research. The ANS also obtained 14 bidbooks of Leo Hamburger, a family relative of the Saltons, along with other sales catalogs the library lacked.

Our first student visit!
After over a year, the ANS was finally able to welcome a group of students in person to our headquarters. Assistant Curator of Roman Coins Lucia Carbone welcomed Professor Liv Yarrow’s students from Brooklyn College and presented an overview of the historical development of Roman Republican Coinage. 

September Long Tables
We hosted two Long Table discussions in September: Assistant Curator of Roman CoinsLucia Carbone and Visiting Research Scholar Nathan Elkins co-hosted a "Vault Favorites" and Librarian and Archivist David Hill delved into his favorite items from the ANS Archives.

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